Vacant Lots in Maple Ridge
Corisa Bell for Maple Ridge Council
Question asked at the Maple Ridge All Candidates meeting in Fraserview where candidates, including Corisa Bell, addressed specific questions.
The builder of my home heavily damaged the sidewalk out front way back in 2008. It was marked with a pink strip for repair not long after, and to this day our neighbourhood is waiting for that sidewalk to be repaired.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t know why it takes so long for some of these things to happen. Is it red tape? Is it lack of priority? Is it lack of delegation? I don’t know, but assure you that if elected to council I intend to find out. Bylaws are meaningless without the ability to enforce them, so before proceeding on fixing this issue I would like to know better how the city works to understand the source of the problem so as to create an effective solution.
I want to note however, that the vacant buildings referenced are situated primarily within an area where a Port Haney Association has been created and funded to improve the neighborhood. I attended a meeting there last night and as council would intend to work with them to make further improvements and to discuss the status of these buildings.
The current government is relying on the Port Haney Association to clean up the neighborhood surrounding you, so I would encourage you to get involved in the association and to support councillors who attended this meeting instead of other community events which took place on the same evening.